Futurama actually did a really great episode that serves as criticism for the ‘cure-all’ effect that so many authors/writers like to use.
The episode starts with Leela going to a reunion at her old orphanage. She remembers how everyone used to pick on her because of her eye. It turns out that everyone’s still picking on her, even though she’s a successful captain and they’re all bums. One of the guys who used to pick on her when she was younger is the only one to stand up for her. The guy tells her that he’s a surgeon and can give her two eyes. Leela excitedly accepts the offer, saying that it’s her one chance to finally be normal. Fry is against the surgery and tells her that she’s already beautiful the way she is. Leela has the surgery anyway and soon dates the surgeon. The surgeon keeps reminding her that she is completely normal. When things get serious, the two decide to adopt a child. Leela’s heart goes out to a girl with an ear on her forehead. Yet the surgeon dismisses this and says that there are plenty of normal children that they can choose from. Leela’s insistent and then this conversation happens:
Adlai: Oh, alright. If you really want that one, I can give her an operation to make her acceptable.
Leela: She doesn’t need an operation! She’s fine the way she is!
Adlai: Oh, and I suppose you were fine the way you were?
Leela: Damn right I was!
Leela: Shut up, Fry. Now look, Adlai. I’m proud to be different. And I just wished I’d realized that when I was her age.
She then has the surgeon put her eye back the way it was.
And this is so important to me!
So many abled authors, even great ones like J.K. Rowling, think that they’re doing something good when they say that the disabilities in their world would be cured. It’s so refreshing to actually see a show that points out that the character don’t have to be cured - that they’re fine the way they are!
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Remember when Bender died and became a ghost? Remember when he made a deal with the Robot Devil that if he scared Fry to death he would be restored in his old body? Remember when Bender realized he could’t kill Fry and would rather spend eternity in Robot Hell?